a survey conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project (PDF) finds that more than half of Americans (53 percent) think that broadband expansion in the U.S. isn’t important enough to be a government priority, with some going so far as to say that efforts to expand broadband should be abandoned
But President Obama was absolutely right when he said, just before his inauguration that “It is unacceptable that the United States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption.” Ask anyone who has ever traveled abroad and they won’t hesitate to tell you how far behind the U.S., compared to other countries.
The government’s investment isn’t in technology. Its investment is in the widespread access to technology. If Washington is serious about making the U.S. a world leader in technology, then this is a first-step investment toward that goal